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What is Advocacy?
Lent Devotions: Luke 22:43-44 February 28
The dictionary defines advocacy as “pleading the cause of another, siding with, vindicating, recommending publicly.”
Bread for the World engages Christian citizens and churches in advocating for and with hungry people at home and abroad.
The premier redemption story of the Hebrew Scriptures, the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, begins with the very political act of God sending Moses to Pharaoh, demanding the people’s release from slavery (Exodus 3:7-12). The Exodus account has stirred hope among oppressed people ever since.
As Israel moved out of the wilderness to settle the land, kings, priests and elders became responsible for the nation’s observance of the law. When the law was not upheld, or when those in power became corrupt, God sent messengers to call for repentance and for a return to right relationships. This was the time of the prophets.
A key to understanding the advocacy role of the prophets is that society in biblical times was religiously defined. Political and religious institutions performed allied functions. The king, priests, and elders had the sacred duty of ensuring the observance of God’s law.
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